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Public Defender’s Office Raises Money for Local Homeless Shelter

Public Defender’s Office Raises Money for Local Homeless Shelter

The used clothing drive, sponsored by the Yolo County Public Defender’s Office, has officially come to a close.  Everything collected was sold by the pound to California Clothing Recyclers and 100% of the proceeds went directly to Fourth & Hope, Woodland’s only cold weather homeless shelter whose mission is to change lives by providing a continuum of care for hungry and homeless individuals and families.    

Celebrating adoption

Celebrating adoption

Although November is National Adoption Month, many of us need no reminders because we live it day to day, we are adoptive families.  The 2000 census estimates that there are 2.1 million adopted children nationwide.  Over the last 10 years in Yolo County alone there have been more than 600 children adopted from foster care after family reunification efforts failed.Although November is National Adoption Month, many of us need no reminders because we live it day to day, we are adoptive families.  The 2000 census estimates that there are 2.1 million adopted children nationwide.  Over the last 10 years in Yolo County alone there have been more than 600 children adopted from foster care after family reunification efforts failed.

Library Branches Celebrate Native American Heritage Month

The Yolo County Library will be recognizing Native American Heritage Month in November with an exhibit on display in several branch libraries from the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, and with related film screenings throughout the month.

“It is an honor to host the first Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation display,” said Yolo County Librarian Patty Wong. “Please take time in November to visit one of the host branch libraries in Davis, West Sacramento, Winters, Esparto and Yolo to reflect on and celebrate Native American Heritage Month.”

A selection of films featuring Native Americans will also be shown at the Davis, Winters and West Sacramento branch libraries as follows:

Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch Library, 315 E. 14th Street in Davis

Sunday November 3, 1:00 p.m., “Geronimo, An American Legend” (1993, rated PG-13)

Sunday, November 3, 4:00 p.m., “Smoke Signals” (1998, rated PG-13)

Yolo County Day Reporting Center Hosts Inaugural Graduation Nov. 19

Many former offenders struggle to find success because the transition to life after incarceration is difficult.  There are a variety of challenges, such as a lack of job training, lack of a high school diploma or equivalent, and the absence of valuable life skills.  The Yolo County Day Reporting Center, which opened in February 2013, provides vocational training and life skills programs designed to provide former inmates and offenders the skills needed to find and keep a job.  On November 19, noon to 2:00 p.m., the inaugural class of the Yolo County Day Reporting Center will be honored for successfully meeting many of these challenges and completing the core components of the transition program.  Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto will be the keynote speaker during the graduation which will take place at the Yolo County Office of Education Conference Center located at 1280 Santa Anita Court in Woodland.

Public Defender’s Office & UCD Law School Partner to Help Rehabilitated Offenders Clean Up Records

Yolo County Public Defender Tracie Olson announces the launch of the Record Mitigation and Community Reintegration Clinic.  The result of a collaboration between the Public Defender’s Office and the University of California, Davis, School of Law, the clinic will help rehabilitated offenders clean up their criminal records to remove barriers to economic stability and avoid recidivism. 

“Individuals with criminal convictions face significant roadblocks to full reintegration into society,” said Yolo County Public Defender Tracie Olson.  “Long after probation has ended or a jail term served, the presence of a conviction acts to reduce access to affordable housing, public benefits and student loans, and to severely diminish employment, among other hurdles.  Compounded by the social stigma attached to a criminal record, these collateral consequences threaten to impose a lifetime of disadvantage on ex-offenders.”

The Results Are In!!

The Results Are In!!

Finally, the results are in for the paper chain/safety pin chain world record attempts: both records have been broken!

Lending a Hand for a Cause

Lending a Hand for a Cause

At the time of this posting, approximately 4 months have passed since the tragedy at the Boston Marathon. Since then, those affected by the tragedy have come a long way in terms of recovery. Others still have a long way to go.

Living out in the west, many Californians like myself may feel distant to the effects of such tragedies. However, this isn't always the case for everyone on the west coast. Some of us may have relatives who live in the east coast. Some of us may have even lived there at one point in our lives. Perhaps some of us have visited places in the east, like New York City, Philadelphia, or even Boston. I have only been fortunate to experience the latter. But I can sympathize with friends who have had the opportunity to experience all three. Especially those who were affected by the events on that April day.